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Zip Line Companies at Odds

By: Luke Treat
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BRANSON, Mo. – Two local zip line companies take Adventure Ziplines of Branson to court over the use of the word Branson.

Eco Adventure Holdings and Ozark Mountain Zipline filed a lawsuit alleging the company has infringed upon a registered trademark which is “Branson Zipline.”

The allegations including using that phrase in its internet domain name and also website metatags and Google search result titles.

The lawsuit was filed on January 10 and alleges multiple counts including trademark infringement, federal unfair competition and false designation of origin.

Eco seeks the stop of Adventure Ziplines using phrases “Branson zipline tour,” “Branson zipline” and “Branson zip lines.” Compensation for damages is also stated in the lawsuit. A jury trial is requested.

Comments (13) - comment on this story

Really.... LOL - 02/12/2014 5:24:04 AM
Get over yourself... it's a Zipline ..and it's in Branson If you think that's costing you business... You're full of yourself
Jolie - 02/12/2014 8:42:14 AM
That is ridiculous. Branson is a location you cannot trademarked the name of a town. Not to mention Zipline is an activity not a trademark. Is their business so bad that they feel threatened by this?
R.Matney - 02/12/2014 12:06:17 PM
I'm sure there's a legal technicality involved here, but Adventure Ziplines of Branson is IN Branson, and I'm sure pays city taxes. Isn't Branson Ziplines like 5 miles north of town? Do they pay city taxes? Not likely.... and will "Branson" Ziplines take the word "adventure" off their website? Ridiculous waste of taxpayer money.... hope I get jury duty!
R.Matney - 02/12/2014 12:06:17 PM
I'm sure there's a legal technicality involved here, but Adventure Ziplines of Branson is IN Branson, and I'm sure pays city taxes. Isn't Branson Ziplines like 5 miles north of town? Do they pay city taxes? Not likely.... and will "Branson" Ziplines take the word "adventure" off their website? Ridiculous waste of taxpayer money.... hope I get jury duty!
Mel - 02/12/2014 12:55:16 PM
Grow up people! It identifies their name and where their business is, There is one thing for sure, I will not ever be doing business with the plaintiff company since they are choosing such a childish tantrum.
Taney County Native - 02/12/2014 4:33:34 PM
If this is the case of infringing on the name "Branson" then most other businesses should get in on this....lol. There are tons of businesses with "Branson" in their name. Maybe these two businesses could get over themselves, work together and do something for the community.
Chad Adamson - 02/12/2014 7:28:21 PM
Frivolous lawsuit for sure! Wow.
Haha!! - 02/12/2014 11:44:18 PM
This is what happens when you go from having no Ziplines to several in a couple years. They should have only built one good Zipline in the area!!!
blah - 02/13/2014 9:08:37 AM
First off how can you sue when it's two different names. If anything people should sue Branson Ziplines for their name. They are not located in Branson they are located in the walnut shade area. So to me that's false advisement. Branson Zipline sounds jealous and your making yourself look like idiots. Thats my opinion.
SweetTart - 02/13/2014 9:59:12 AM
It really is not about the word branson. It is about using the phrase Branson Zipline in their metadata. They are basically trying to steal website visits from the other company and that can effect your business.
JOBO - 02/13/2014 11:41:03 AM
adventure ziplines should not have been trying to steal tourists by using bransonzipline name. pretty unethical
Not a very bright group are they... - 02/13/2014 12:26:26 PM
Eco is a group of idiots, Adventure Ziplines of Branson IS a zipline, didn't know you could trademark an activity, maybe all the shows in branson should sue each other for stealing the idea of providing shows to people visiting Branson.
Texas Dar - 02/13/2014 3:30:39 PM
Branson Zipline should of done their home work before building somthing 8 Mi. north of town. It's doomed to fail. Branson Tourists are not driving that far out of town to ride a 6 min. ride for $100. Build it, but they dident come. All I ever see is guy's standing around with green shirts waiting for paying costomers. Tex